The state of exception ended but the health emergency continues. This was ordered by the Minister of Health Juan Carlos Zevallos, who through a Ministerial Agreement establishes that the National Health System maintain the necessary measures to preserve the health of Ecuadorians in the face of the health crisis caused by covid-19.
The measures will be applied from today and will last for 90 days.
Among them are: maintaining permanent care, laboratory services, epidemiology and control units, air ambulances, medical and paramedical services, hospitalization and outpatient consultation, for priority attention to the affected population throughout the country.
The Ministerial Agreement indicates that the protocols, technical standards and instruments to prevent contagion in the population remain in force and will be updated according to needs.
Also set up a technical response table, with representatives of the Public and Private Health Network.
In addition, health establishments will continue with the mandatory notification to the National Health Authority, through the computer system, about patients with symptoms of covid-19.
The Ministry of Health indicates that health providers will guarantee medical care and the availability of the necessary resources for the diagnosis and comprehensive treatment of patients related to the coronavirus.
Another measure is that health controls at the country’s airports or border areas will continue and must be applied to all nationals and foreigners.
In addition, the Ministry of Health will issue the sanitary guidelines and measures to prevent the spread of the virus, so that the competent authorities can proceed with the regulations and controls.
The Agreement says that the National Agency for Health Regulation, Control and Surveillance (ARCSA) will update the regulations regarding the national production of medicines and medical devices necessary for the care of the population affected by SARS-CoV-2.
In addition, the establishments belonging to the Comprehensive Public Health Network must prioritize financial resources, human talent and measures that are estimated to combat the spread of the virus.
The principles established in article 4 of the Organic Law of the Public Procurement System shall also be applied in a mandatory manner, so that these contracts are transparent and safeguard public resources.
The Agreement indicates that all private health insurance companies and pre-paid medicine companies are prohibited from limiting coverage for the care and treatment of the user-patient affected by the virus.